Category Archives: 1955

Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark ’55

Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark of Birmingham, AL died on April 26th, 2017. The son of Robert Eugene Clark and Marion Hopkins Clark, Corky was born on May 18th, 1933 in Utica, NY.

Corky attended high school in Harrisburg, PA and Charlotte, NC. He went on to attend Davidson College, graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. In his senior year, Corky led the Davidson College Tennis team, in winning both the Southern Conference tournament Singles and Doubles titles.

Following college, he served in the US Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. On May 19th, 1959 he married a fourth generation Floridian, Greta Sims Clark. They proceeded to live in Gainesville, FL; Camp Hill, PA; Allentown, PA and Chattanooga, TN prior to moving to Birmingham, AL in 1981.

Following their move to Birmingham, he was employed by and retired from National Cement Company, where he was Vice-President of Sales.

An accomplished athlete, Corky continued forward with his love for tennis, playing with all of his children, his friends and competitively across the Southeastern United States. During his competitive years, he won numerous State Age Group Singles and Doubles titles. His love for tennis also extended to his volunteer spirit.

He was passionate about bringing the game of tennis to the inner city youth of Birmingham. He was a founding member of BATA (Birmingham Area Tennis Association), and also served for many years on the board of the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation.

In addition to his love for tennis, Corky was an avid golfer, playing most of his golf at Vestavia Country Club where he was a member for many years. Beyond his love of sport, he was a dedicated volunteer. His service to community included many years as a member of the Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Scholar.

He was passionate about his interaction and fellowship with international students at UAB. He was instrumental in starting ‘Lets Talk’ at South Highland Presbyterian Church, with the goal of enhancing the conversational English skills of his International Student friends. Countless numbers of his international friendship partners were regulars at his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church for many years, he served as an Elder and on the Board of Directors for both the Child Development Center and Southside Shepherd’s Center.

In his earlier years, he also served as an Elder at three other Presbyterian USA churches. After retiring from their careers, Corky and Greta also strove to live a life of grand adventure.

They were active travelers, accomplishing a longtime goal of setting foot on all 7 Continents, when they touched down on Antarctica.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Greta Sims Clark, and their children and grandchildren: his son, Douglas Reynolds Clark and his wife Rhonda, their son Zachary, and step-grandchildren Hilari Sheffield and Joshua Sheffield; his daughter Marion Hopkins Clark Savic and her husband Milan, and their children Alexandria, Peter and David; his son Daniel McMullen Clark and his wife Andria.

He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Gallena and her husband Paul; two nieces, nephew and their nine children.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either South Highland Presbyterian Church ( or The James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation (

A memorial service for Corky will be held at South Highland Presbyterian Church at 11am on Saturday, April 29th.

Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 28, 2017

Kemal Fred Samra ’55

kemal-fred-samra-55Kemal Fred Samra, 83, died Friday, November 4, 2016, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2016, at St. John’s Church in Florence with burial following in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at St. John’s Fellowship Hall following the burial at Mount Hope.

He was born in Florence, a son of the late Fred E. and Nettie Ateyeh Samra. He graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1951 and from Davidson College in 1955, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

After college, he owned and operated Samra’s Shoes in Florence until he retired in 2008.

Mr. Samra was very active in the Florence community and served on the Florence City Council for eight years. One of his proudest accomplishments was casting the deciding vote to build the Florence Civic Center.

He was President of the Florence Chamber of Commerce and later received the first “President’s Award.” His memberships included the Florence Jaycees and Florence Lions Club, and he served as president of both. He was also president of the YMCA.

He was a life-long member of St. John’s Church in Florence, where he served on the Vestry and as Junior and Senior Warden. He was a former Chairman of the Board for All Saints Episcopal Day School. He was also an avid supporter of the revitalization of downtown Florence.

Survivors include his wife, Pinkie Davis Samra of the home; two daughters, Kamille Samra of Columbia and Kathryn Samra of Charlotte, NC; a son, Jason Samra (fiancé, Lauren Colebank) of Rock Hill; two nieces, Laura Baroody Thrush and Lisa Baroody Culpepper; a nephew, Alan Baroody; and four-legged best friend, Lilly.

He was predeceased by a sister, Ramona Samra Baroody.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Church, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506; or to the charity of one’s choice.


Eugene Baughman Davis ’55

eugene-baughman-davisThe Reverend Doctor Eugene Baughman Davis, 83, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Village on Campbell in Burgaw, N.C. Born on July 13, 1933 in Mt.Olive, NC, he was the youngest son of the late Samuel Moseley Davis and Grace Lynch Davis.

A lifelong scouting and sports enthusiast, as a young man, Gene was an Eagle Scout with bronze and silver palms, the captain of his high school football and basketball teams, and played football in college.

He was a graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, California Graduate School of Theology, Los Angeles, CA; and Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1957 and began his ministry at Grove Presbyterian Church in Kenansville, NC, and served at Hallsville Presbyterian Church.

He followed his calling and entered the US Navy as a Chaplain in 1959 and served his country for 23 years. For his extraordinary service in Vietnam with the Third Marine Division in 1966 and 1967 he was awarded the Legion of Merit. This was the first awarding of this exceptional medal to a Navy Chaplain serving with Marines on a battalion level in the preceding three wars.

Early in his military career he was the Chaplain on a ship which was attacked by pirates on the high seas. He was instrumental in negotiating with the pirates to prevent an international incident.

He served as Chaplain for a group of ships that participated in a South Atlantic Friendship tour. While in South Africa he opened the first Parliament of South Africa with prayer.

After retiring from the Navy in 1983 he served as interim pastor at several Presbyterian churches in the area.

He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Betty Starling Davis; his daughter, Grace Davis Sturm and husband, William Mitch Sturm; two sons, Eugene B. Davis, Jr and David Henderson Davis; six grandchildren, Davis Rothwell Sturm, Starling Allison Sturm, Spencer Moseley Davis, Sophie Catherine Davis, Chloe Elizabeth Davis, and Andrew Sampson Davis; and his brother in law and sister in law, John N. Starling, Jr. and Tresa Hudson Starling.

He was preceded in death by his two beloved brothers, Samuel Moseley Davis, Jr and William Lynch Davis.

The funeral service was held at First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, NC on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM with burial following the service at the Starling Family Cemetery (Queen’s Creek Methodist Church Cemetery) in Hubert, NC.

Visitation was held at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville on Thursday night from 6-8 p.m.

Robert Calvin Brown ’55

bob-brown-55Robert Calvin Brown, M.D., 83, died peacefully on October 24, 2016.

Robert “Bob” Brown was born January 7, 1933 in Statesville, NC, to the late Pauline White and C.B. “Sam” Brown. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Hal Brown.

Bob graduated from Scotts High School in Iredell County, attended Davidson College and then graduated from Erskine College in 1955. He graduated from UNC School of Medicine in 1959 followed by a residency at UNC in Pathology.

Bob served at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed in Washington, DC, until 1966. He conducted research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

He returned to UNC School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor of Pathology until 1974, and then he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor.

He practiced pathology and was Director of Laboratories at Rutherford Hospital for 10 years. He was awarded a grant which enabled him to manage a private laboratory for the purpose of cancer research. He practiced at Humana Hospital in Greensboro, NC, until he retired in 1987.

After retirement he served on the Board of Counselors at Erskine College. Bob and his wife, Mary, resided in Chapel Hill and Statesville. He was a member of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Bob and Mary enjoyed traveling.

He was passionate about his pathology practice and research and the care of his patients. Bob remained a farmer at heart and enjoyed spending time at the family farm in Statesville. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and a wonderful role model.

Bob is remembered for his smile, sense of humor, playing games and love for chocolate. He loved the family gatherings at the beach, mountains and lake. He was an artist, a craftsman, and avid Tarheel fan.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Frances Vaughn Brown, and their three children, Anne Brown Barry (John) of Charlotte, NC, Cyndy Brown Parr (David) of Matthews, NC, and Peter Bradford Brown (Pam) of Raleigh, NC.

He adored his eight grandchildren: Elizabeth Coley Barry, Hannah Bradford Barry, John Marion Barry, Jr., Sarah Brown Barry, Lindsey Parr Bucci (Doug), Ashley Parr Abashian (Mike), Anna Frances Parr and Isabella Grace Brown.

The family celebrated Bob’s life with a private family gathering on the evening of October 24.

Prior to his death Bob gifted his body to the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine Body Donation Program for the purpose of medical study and research.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Neuroscience Foundation (which supports the Memory Center Charlotte), 300 Billingsley Rd., Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28211 or to The Medical Foundation of NC, 880 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 with the memo Robert Brown, MD – Department of Pathology for Cancer Research.

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Robert McLelland Stevenson ’55

robert-stevensonDr. Robert McLelland Stevenson, 82, of Statesville, N.C., passed Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born September 17, 1933, he was the son of the late Robert Rockwell Stevenson and Rachel McLelland Stevenson.

He graduated from Scotts High School Class of 1951, Davidson College Class of 1955 and U.N.C. Chapel Hill Medical School Class of 1959.

On July 15, 1961, he was married to Judith (Judy) Whisenant Stevenson who died March 7, 2014.

Dr. Stevenson did his Medical Residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. from 1959 until 1963. In 1964 he came to Davis Hospital in Statesville where he presided over the Radiology Department until called into the U. S. Army from 1967 until 1969 during the Vietnam War.

Following his service to his country he became the first full-time Radiologist at the new Lincoln County Hospital where he stayed until 1979. While in Lincolnton he was an avid pee-wee football coach and established the Rotary Rams little league football program from 1972 to 1979.

In 1979 he returned to his home County (Iredell) and Davis Hospital where he continued to work until 2003.

Following that he traveled to many different cities in North Carolina to help with Radiology. He retired from active work in 2008. Dr. Stevenson was a past president of the Statesville Rotary Club and was also a Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Stevenson was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed having a big garden on his farm. He was an avid hunter and rifleman and was a founding member of the Iredell Gun Club.  He is survived by four sons, Charles (Chuck) Joseph Stevenson of Statesville, John Gregory Stevenson and wife, Sterling, of Charlotte, Robert (Rob) Blake Stevenson and James (Jim) McLelland Stevenson, both of Statesville.

Also surviving are two grandsons, Banks and Mac Stevenson of Charlotte, along with two brothers-in-law, Charles L. (Chub) Whisenant of Tampa, Fla., and Gregory A. Whisenant (Jan) of Lincolnton, one sister-in-law, Cindy Moose (John) of Belmont, N.C. and two nieces, Megan Moose and Mandy Goodwin (Jason).

Services celebrating the life of Dr. Stevenson will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 12, 2016 at Concord Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kyle Goodman and Rev. Grant Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Sunday evening at Nicholson Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Active pallbearers will be his sons: Chuck, Jim and John Stevenson, Rondal Lineberger, Shawn Fleming, Frederick Frey, Shannon St. Clair and Kenneth Herndon.Honorary pallbearers will be Rob Stevenson and Lentz Waugh.

Condolences may be sent online to the family to

Memorials may be given to the Gordon Hospice House, C/O Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, N.C. 28625. Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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John Milton Archer III ’55

photo_034501_C0A8018011c7031EF1YGhuB33378_1_40ef1a6288230098c672d66e55919b53_20160729John Milton Archer III, 82, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at his home in Charlotte, with his three children at his side.

Born Sept. 3, 1933 in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late John Milton Archer Jr. and Beatrice Payne Archer. He spent most of his life growing up surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Macon County in Franklin. He graduated from Franklin High School, where he was the quarterback of his high school football team.

After receiving a football scholarship to Davidson College, he played one year there before transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill where he completed a degree in Pediatric Dentistry. He later continued his education to expand his dental practice into orthodontics.

His career as the “favorite” and “best” pediatric dentist in Charlotte spanned more than 35 years. John was a Sigma Chi at UNC-CH and also a member of the Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity. He was president of the UNC Dental Alumni Association, as well as president of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

As a longtime Charlotte resident, John was very involved with the community around him. He was a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and a deacon, where he also enjoyed Bible studies and small groups, volunteering for Room in the Inn and travelling to Malawi for mission work. He spent time helping others at the soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Charlotte.

John was a former president of the Rotary Club of North Charlotte. He was a member of Charlotte Country Club, since 1967, and so enjoyed tennis, swimming and dining, but his true love at CCC was golf. His golf group, the RODS (Royal Order of the Dew Sweepers), was near and dear to his heart, and he maintained these close friendships until the very end.

John was passionately involved with Myers Park Trinity Little League baseball as a coach, referee and umpire for over 15 years. John was a family-centered man who appreciated and enjoyed having his 3 children and their families growing up in Charlotte.

He had many hobbies and loved sharing them all with his family (and some lucky friends). Besides golf, he loved long walks, hiking, camping, gardening, biking, rafting, skiing with family and friends, tennis, volleyball and family beach trips.

Many special memories with family were created in the North Carolina mountains. He longed for roaring fires at Hillcrest Circle in Franklin. He loved picking blueberries and blackberries and then making cobblers with his grandchildren. “Dadoo,” as he was called by all the grandchildren, taught all the young people the “Rhododendron” song to sing and entertain them on many hikes. That made us all smile and laugh.

He was a lifelong Tar Heel inside and out, a marathon runner in his earlier days and had special canine friends “Rusty-dog” and Britty. He loved “pampakes” with the grandchildren.

He is survived by his three children, all of Charlotte, John Milton Archer IV (Ellen), Charles Pressly Archer (Kelley), Mary Catherine Archer Chesney (Bobby); seven cherished grandchildren, John Reynolds Archer, Jordan (Chapman), Johnny and Megan Archer, Taylor and Grace Brookhouse, and William Chesney; his one sister Mary Alice Archer McLaughlin of Boise, Idaho; a special, loving companion, Becky; and his first wife and mother of his three children, Betty Dale Pressly Archer.

He was predeceased by a second wife, Mebane McDonald Reed Archer and is survived by her children, Tisha Reed Hardcastle (Bill) of Dallas, Ashley Reed Walsh (Kevin) of Atlanta, Rusty Reed (Kara) of Santa Barbara, California; and grandchildren Brooks and Will Hardcastle, Reed, Tally and Michael Walsh, and Brooks, Cooper, Logan, and Dashiell Reed.

John is also survived by nephews John Edwin McLaughlin of Chester, Maryland and David McLaughlin of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania; and a niece, Carol McLaughlin Dixon of Boise, and their families.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the home of Ellen and John M. Archer IV, 717 Hempstead Place, Charlotte. A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC. Family will receive friends in Oxford Hall immediately following the church service on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to: Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Outreach Ministry, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or Novant Health Hospice, 324 North McDowell Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233. Gaskin Funeral Services is serving the family, and online condolences may be made at

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Richard Terrell Davis ’55

Rev. Dr. Richard Terrell Davis, 83, formerly of the Durham area, died Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC. He was born April 5, 1933, in Rutherford County, the son of the late Joseph Gomer and Sarah Ellerbe Davis.

He was a minister for more than 40 years, serving churches in eastern North Carolina, and later as a chaplain at the V.A. Hospital in Durham.

Dr. Davis was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Geer Davis, in 2005. He resided at Hyco Lake in Person County until 2014, when he moved to The Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Statesville.

He is survived by their three children and their families: Richard T. Davis, Jr., of Gibsonville, NC, and children, Richard T. Davis, III, and Rachelle Vo, of Pinellas Park, FL, and Drew and Stacy Davis Knab of Oakland, CA; Nancy Davis and Tip Nicholson of Statesville, NC, and children, Brittain and Will Kenney of Charlotte, and Peggy Nicholson and Justin Tosco of Durham; and Peggy Davis Gold, and child, Austin Gold, both of Durham; and six great-grandchildren, Richard T. Davis, IV, of Pinellas Park, FL.; Benjamin James Knab of Oakland; Nancy James, Davis Elizabeth and May McCullough Kenney of Charlotte; and James Elijah Tosco of Durham. He is also survived by a brother, Joseph G. Davis of Rockingham; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Sarah Davis Helms and Beth Davis Carpenter.

Dr. Davis received a B.S. in Religion from Davidson College in 1955. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army before receiving a B.D. from Southeastern Seminary in 1960 and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1961.

He returned to Southeastern Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry in 1987. Dr. Davis pastored churches at Winterville Baptist Church in Winterville, NC, Edgemont Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, NC and Park View Baptist Church in Durham, NC. He also served for more than a decade as a chaplain at the V.A. Hospital in Durham.

His love of beagles and stone masonry kept him busy for decades, which he enjoyed more with a chew of tobacco and classical music on the radio.

An avid storyteller and jokester, Dr. Davis also had tremendous pastoral care skills that touched many lives. As a scholar and preacher, he lectured on many topics, but it was following a lecture series in 2002 at Grace Baptist Church in Statesville, that a lecture series was named for him and his wife. Now in its 14th year, the Barbara and Richard Davis Lecture Series honors Dr. Davis’; efforts and commitment to the study of scripture with serious inquiry and honest dialogue.

A memorial service will be held July 16 at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 719 Club Drive, Statesville. Interment will follow at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Davis Lecture Series, WCPE Radio in Raleigh, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The family extends special thanks to the staff at The Gardens and Gordon Hospice House for their care and kindness.

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John Martin Reed ’55

photo_034502_c0a8018107e3c320197mwy43051d_1_08c9f5e97207747e4d5a34865c081da6_20160406Sadly, we must announce that Dr. John M. Reed died on Sunday March 13, 2016 at the age of 81. He was surrounded by many loved ones and succumbed to a long illness.

He is survived by Dawn, his wife of 59 years, his children; Dr. J. Brian Reed (Phyllis), David F. Reed (Wendy Maxam), and Linda Reed Liske (Arick), his grandchildren; Giovanna Reed McDanel (Tyler), Audrey E. Reed, Claire I. Liske and Adam R. Liske, his sister; Martha Reed Collins (Tom); his nephew, Stephen Reed Collins (Robin); his niece, Katherine C. Davis (Tom); four cousins, and six great nieces and nephews.

Dr. Reed was born in Little Rock, AR in 1934 and grew up in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Davidson College, Duke University Medical School, and completed his Internship and Residency in General Surgery at both the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

He was drafted into the U.S. Public Health Service from 1962 to 1966 and served more than a year during the Vietnam War as a surgeon in a provincial hospital in Nha Trang, South Vietnam. After returning to the United States, he brought the family to Sacramento and started his private practice in General Surgery, which he maintained for over 30 years.

He cared deeply for his patients and his craft. Dr. Reed was certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and belonged to numerous other medical societies.

He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at American River Hospital in Carmichael, and a Senior Staff Surgeon at Mercy San Juan Hospital. Dr. Reed loved life and great conversation on all topics, a skill which he avidly cultivated with his friends and family.

He pursued his many interests with intensity and joy, among them; translating ancient Greek texts, all sorts of sports and exercise, oil painting, archery, juggling, ballroom dancing, horseback riding, play writing, and his dog, Andy. But most of all, he loved his family. He will be loved and remembered forever.

We wish to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy San Juan Hospital for their kindness and care during his extended illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 9560, or The Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330 B Gibbons Dr., Carmichael, CA 95608.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 from 4 to 7 PM at the Arden Hills Club and Spa, 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento, CA 95864.


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Tim Ervin Cooper, Jr. ’55

photo_014502_c0a8018007ab831f3fagiz72e7ec_1_1e94e336459781d606596cf9e58b8ee1_20160328Dr.  Tim Ervin Cooper, Jr., 82, of Charlotte, North Carolina, entered in to rest on March 11, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Tim Ervin Cooper, Sr. and Virginia McAlpine Cooper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Rees Cooper.

Dr. Cooper was a 1951 graduate of Central High School in Charlotte; a 1955 graduate of Davidson College in Davidson; and a 1959 graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He served his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA from 1959 to 1960 and received special training at the Stanacole Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Cooper was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a Battalion and Brigade Surgeon at Fort Hood, Texas.

He served his Internal Medicine Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He was dedicated to sharing his extensive knowledge with others – serving at the Medical School of Charlotte Memorial Hospital’s Department of Medicine since 1970 and the University of North Carolina.

He was a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and was licensed by the State of Louisiana and North Carolina to practice medicine. He was also a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Cooper was co-founder of Whitesides and Cooper Medical Practice and the founder of Randolph Internal Medicine, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine, the North Carolina Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Mecklenburg County Medical Society, and the American College of Chest Physicians.

He was affiliated with Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Charlotte Presbyterian Hospital and Mercy Hospital. He held a number of offices in a number of philanthropic agencies, notably, Chairman of the Medical Communities Programs for Mecklenburg County, the President of the Heart Association of Mecklenburg County, and the Vice-President of the Mecklenburg County Metrolina Lung Association.

Dr. Cooper is survived by his wife, Jean Godley-Cooper, of the home; a son Tim Ervin Cooper, III and his wife Keiko of Schenectady, NY; a son Rees Cooper and his wife Bonnie of Mooresville, NC; by two step-sons, Gregory Godley of Charlotte and David Godley of Asheville; by a step-daughter, Catherine Matthews and her husband Ty of Waxhaw; by a brother, Alfred McAlpine Cooper of Charlotte; and by his grandchildren, Melissa Cooper, Tomoki Tim Cooper, Haleigh Tarman, Rees Cooper, II, and Ethan and Jonah Matthews.

A service celebrating the life of Dr. Cooper will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 11:00 AM at the Charlotte Chapel of McEwen Funeral Service. The Rev. Earl Bradshaw will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service and the inurnment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 500 Spratt St. # B, Charlotte, NC 28206. McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park is honored to be entrusted with the care of Dr. Cooper and his family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Kenneth Boyce Wilson ’55

1Reverend Kenneth Boyce Wilson, a resident of Winston-Salem, NC, departed this life on January 13, 2016, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was born May 28, 1927, in Charlotte, NC, the son of the late John McCamie Wilson and Bleaker Henderson Wilson.

The Reverend Wilson attended Charlotte City Schools, graduating from Central High School, Charlotte College (UNC-C), Davidson College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, School of Pastoral Care, WFU Medical Center and is a US Navy Veteran. Reverend Wilson was ordained to the ministry in 1953, serving pastorates in Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina and North Carolina for a period of 12 years.

He then located to Winston-Salem where he was associated with The School of Pastoral Care from 1965-88. Credited with helping shape the future of Pastoral Care, he was the founding chairman of the Pastoral Care Foundation. Active in the life of First Baptist Church, he was a faithful member, Deacon, Bible Teacher, chairman and served on numerous committees.

Bi-vocationally, Reverend Wilson’;s business interests included Ken Wilson Associates, Inc., marketing major real estate projects and brokerage, and Consul, Ltd., a domestic and international corporate consulting firm. He was the original developer of Groundhog Mountain Residential Resort, Doe Run Lodge and Conference Center, The Olde Mill Golf Resort and Conference Center.

Reverend Wilson was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Edgerton Wilson, who died on May 14, 2003, one sister, Helen Wilson Skerry, of Charlotte, and two brothers: John McCamie and R. Edwin Wilson, of Charlotte.

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Virginia Swinson Wilson of Charlotte, two daughters, Elizabeth McCamie Wilson and Catherine McLeod Frazier, and one son, Kenneth B. Wilson, Jr., and wife, Sonya James Wilson. Eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter blessed their marriage.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, January 30th, at 11:00am. The family will receive visitors in the Brown Room following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Hospice Foundation, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or to the First Baptist Church Television Ministry at 501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

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